Pros react after Weili Zhang subs Carla Esparza at UFC 281

By Chris Taylor - November 12, 2022

Tonight’s UFC 281 event was co-headlined by a women’s strawweight title fight featuring Carla Esparza taking on Weili Zhang.

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Esparza (19-7 MMA) had recaptured the 115lbs title at May’s UFC 274 event, scoring a split-decision win over Rose Namajunas. That victory served as ‘The Cookie Monster’s’ sixth in a row, a streak which included wins over Yan Xiaonan, Marina Rodriguez, Michelle Waterson and Alexa Grasso.

Meanwhile, Weili Zhang (23-3 MMA) had most previously competed at June’s UFC 275 event, where she scored a nasty knockout victory over Joanna Jędrzejczyk. That win had snapped a two-fight losing skid for the Chinese standout, as Zhang previously suffered back-to-back losses to Rose Namajunas.

Tonight’s UFC 281 co-main event resulted in a second-round submission win for Weili Zhang. The first-round of the contest was back and forth but the Chinese standout was able to secure an early takedown in round two and proceeded to promptly lock-up a fight-ending choke.

Official UFC 281 Result: Weili Zhang def. Carla Esparza via submission in Round 2

Check out how the pros reacted to ‘Esparza vs. Zhang’ below:

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